Report by OrissaDiary.com bureau; Bhubaneswar: KIIT School of Law, a constituent of KIIT University, organized 2nd HR Khanna Memorial Lecture at its campus on 7th April 2012. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India, chief speaker of the occasion, delivered the lecture.
Justice Misra spoke at length about the qualities of a successful lawyer. Justice Khanna’s sacrifice and moral courage show his greatness, he said, which observing that legal professionals today need to have these important attributes. In a successful lawyer there has to be a complete wedlock between intelligence and intellect, he said, while asserting that in this profession focus is more important than concentration. He also broached upon the subject of ethics in legal profession. An ethical lawyer enjoys special status, he told the students of KIIT School of Law.
The lecture is organised by KIIT School of Law in honour of Justice H. R. Khanna, who was a judge at the Supreme Court of India during 1971–1977. In the Habeas Corpus case during the Indian Emergency, four other judges agreed with the government view that even fundamental rights like the right to life stood abrogated during Emergency. Justice Khanna's dissenting opinion, claiming that the Constitution did not permit right to life and liberty to be subject to executive decree, is widely regarded as a landmark in Indian democracy.
The First H. R. Khanna Memorial Lecture on "Legal and Political Processes in Modern Indian Democracy" was delivered by Mr. Gopal Subramanium, (then) Additional Solicitor-General of India in the august presence of Hon'ble Chief Justice of Orissa (then), Dr. B. S. Chauhan and Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ranganatha Mishra, former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India.
Earlier Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS welcomed Justice Misra to KIIT campus. Prof. A. S. Kolaskar introduced the chief speaker, while Prof. N. K. Chakrabarti, Director, KIIT School of Law proposed vote of thanks.